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An Indianapolis minister best known for his work to reduce crime is launching a new church ministry.

Pastor Clyde Shovan and his wife, Robin, will host a grand opening service for Total Focus Urban Ministries Full Gospel Church on Sunday, April 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at Americas Best Value Inn, 3740 N. High School Rd.

“We invite everyone to come join us and experience God’s great word and love,” Shovan said. “We want to celebrate healing that is in store; healing from restitution, retaliation, retribution and revenge.”

Shovan is the founder and president of Total Focus Urban Ministries (TFUM) Inc., and a chaplain at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

After accepting his call to ministry in 1998, he earned a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Aenon Bible College and is presently continuing his masters studies there.

For over a decade, Total Focus Urban Ministries has been dedicated to reducing neighborhood violence and improving community relationships in urban areas.

“Our goal is to impact urban neighborhood violence with the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the communities,” Shovan said. “Our vision is to launch an all-out attack on the violence that is destroying our youth. How we achieve that is through street evangelism. We take it to the streets. Through this street evangelism, we rally against everything that is promoting as well as allowing violence to continue.”

Total Focus Urban Church will incorporate several ministry programs designed to achieve the goals outlined in Matthew 10:6-8, which says, “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And as ye go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

Shovan said his church will partner with many churches and organizations around the city. Its focus will not be just on preaching, but on strengthening families, particularly building men to be the strong “kings” and protectors God is calling them to be.

The ministry will also continue his efforts of reaching at-risk youth. Church members will work with troubled adolescents who are expelled from school, in and out of the court system.

Total Focus Urban Church will also have a Christian academy, vocational training program, a seven-month leadership program for participants ages 17 to 30, workshops for parents and boot camps to reform, encourage and strengthen youth.

For more information, visit www.totalfocusurbanministries.com.

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